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MS 73: Composite manuscript including six texts, 10 October 1477

Identifier: MS 73


Contains six texts, all in the same hand.
ff. 1r-11r: 'In Agenda Mortuorum apud Rationale Divinorum Officiorum'
ff. 11v-12v: 'Sermo pro mortuis fratris Pauli de Cumis Ordin. Praedicatorum'
f. 13r: 'Gregorius in libro moralium spiritualiter sic inquit de mortuis'
f. 14v: 'De nece Apostolorum in quadam cronica sic legitur'
ff. 15r-227r: 'Compendium Theologicae Veritatis' by Hugh Argentinensis
ff. 227v-233v: 'Praepulchra Miracula Beatae Mariae Virginis'
The texts are described separately, under MS 73/ff. 1r-11r; MS 73/ff. 11v-12v; MS 73/f. 13r; MS 73/f. 14v; MS 73/ff. 15r-227r; and MS 73/ff. 227v-233v.
Writing Written in a small, neat, Italian hand with plain red capitals, complete and in excellent preservation.


  • 10 October 1477


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

According to the very full colophon the manuscript was written by Francisco Cattaneo of Piacenza (Franciscus Captaneus of Placentia), in the Benedictine monastery of Polirone (in San Benedetto, Italy), in a cell called after Saint Justina, on the 10th of October 1477.
On the lower margin of folio 1 is a 16th century inscription, Est Sancti Xijsti [Sixti] placentini signat: 801. The church of San Sisto dates from 1499, and is the same for which Raphael painted his Sistine Madonna.
Another mark of ownership is a note on the fly-leaf indicating that the manuscript was in the Libri Collection, and is described in the catalogue: 'Sale Catalogue Libri MSS. Sotheby, March 28, 1859, p. 7. No. 22, B.M.S.C.S. 461'. A copy of this sale catalogue can be found in the University of Edinburgh's Special Collections, shelfmark *M.24.11. The sale of the Libri Collection took place in March of 1859 in London. The Libri Collection refers to the collection of books and manuscripts of M. Guglielmo Libri, an Italian count and mathematician. He fled to England after the French authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in 1848, claiming that he had stolen 30,000 books and manuscripts while working as the Inspector of Libraries of France. In 1850 he was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison. It also appears that he also stole manuscripts in Italy before moving to France. About 2,000 of the stolen items have been sold back to authorities in France and Italy. It is unclear if this manuscript is among those Libri stole.
In gold letters on the outside cover of the manuscript is, "Reid Bequest. College Library Edinburgh", and a crest.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Compendium Theologice Veritatis.

Previous Reference


Physical Facet

Material: Paper.

Binding: Modern, but with remains of old brass clasps, lettered ' Alberti Magni Compendium Theologiae', upright on the outer cover spine.

Collation: a13, b12-r12, s14, t14=233.


20.32 cm x 14.61 cm


Secundo folio: [irasci]bilitatem corpus
Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 233, 25 lines to a page.

Repository Details

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